StickPick for Formative Assessment

Dec 8, 2016 by

stickpickStickPick is a new twist on a classic teaching tool, popsicle stick names. The StickPick app is a great tool to help make sure that all students get to participate in class but it is so much more. Teachers can choose Bloom’s, Bloom’s revised, or ESL and corresponding levels for each to customize sentence stems that are specifically tied to your student’s language level. StickPick also has an assess button for you to easily mark student progress all on your mobile device.

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Math Animations for Math Practice

Dec 8, 2016 by

mathanimationsMath Animations is an app that provides short visual explanations of math concepts. Students can see a visual representation of how a whole is divided into fractions or how to add fractions together. Math animations has demonstrations of basic mathematical functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and addition), basic geometry, measurement and time. Seeing problems being solved is a great way for students to learn how to solve them on their own.

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Voxer Classroom Idea

Nov 29, 2016 by

Last year we featured Voxer on the blog and here is a great way that you can use it in your classroom.

Mr. Glasner uses Voxer in his 5th grade classroom to keep parents in the loop. He has found that his notes home to parents frequently get left at school, lost, or die crumpled up in the bottom of the backpack. Mr. Glasner also knows that many of his students live in two income homes with both parents working hard to make ends meet. He has found that he can use a Voxer group to quickly send out updates about class activities, homework, exams and more that every parent can listen to whenever they have time. Voxer messages reduce the need for busy parents to contact him in search of the information on the note that never made it home. Mr. Glasner also uses Voxer to send quick messages to parents about great things that students do during the day. He has found that his parents are grateful to hear the positive and his students behavior has improved as they work to earn a message home.

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Grammar Up Classroom Idea

Nov 16, 2016 by

Grammar Up is a neat app for students to practice grammar skills that we featured on Last Backpack a while back. Below is a great example of classroom use.

Ms. O’Neil uses Grammar Up every day for a bell ringer exercise with her 11th grade literature students.  The first five minutes of class, students are expected to quiet down and play Grammar Up while Ms. O’Neil takes attendance, answers any student questions, and does last-minute prep for the class.  Using Grammar Up helps students to focus their brains on content while playing a game. Students can also use Grammar Up at the end of the class if they have completed work or need a time-filler.

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Toontastic Classroom Example

Oct 20, 2016 by

toontastic Some time ago, we featured Toontastic, a really fun app for digital storytelling. Below is an example of how it can be used in the classroom.

Mr. Jordan’s 2nd grade students use Toontastic to tell stories about the life cycles of organisms that they learn about during science.  The students work in pairs to research the organism. Students first do research on their organism and then write a story about the life of the creature.  Mr. Jordan has a class Toontastic account and allows each student to work on their story using the five class iPads at the writing center.  Students are able to begin working on their story as soon as they start researching and thinking about life as that animal.  The project lasts six weeks and Mr. Jordan shares the stories with the parents after the Toontastic is complete.

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